After an apparent outcry from customers in the neighborhood and perhaps continuing their quest to compete with the newer Whole Foods across the street the Church and Market Safeway has returned to being open 24 hours a day after what was apparently a six-month trial of closing several hours between 1:30 and 5 a.m. A tipster let us know of the change, announced via signs on the doors, which took place on September 13.
The updated hours have been posted to the company website, but currently the automated phone tree is still announcing the overnight closure hours.
"Our store operations are continuously reviewed and improved, based on customer feedback, seasonal activity and a variety of other variables that impact our operations," spokesperson Wendy Gutshall tells Hoodline in a statement.
The change occurred back in March, with the decision apparently having to do with theft and other unwanted activity centered around the store's parking lot at night (remember that car stolen with the dog inside? Though that was in broad daylight). We thought then that this was the last of its ilk, as all the other formerly 24-hour Safeways around town had also closed. But Gutshall tells Hoodline that, in fact, six Safeways are now back to doing 24-hour business in SF, including this one: Marina, La Playa, Potrero, and both Mission Street locations in Outer Mission and Bernal Heights.*
So, it's good news for late-night wanderers in need of beer at 1:45 a.m. (though they will stop selling it at 2), and those in need of snacks at 4 a.m. after leaving that after-party. And, also, those who work odd hours and need to grocery shop at 3 a.m.
*This post has been corrected to show that six Safeways are now back to 24-hour service.